Excerpt: We all know that Dell has been working on Netbook like laptop with the same kind of low-power, small and inexpensive system made by Asus through the Eee PC line. There are not a lot of surprises the Dell Inspiron Mini 9. The form is excellent and there aren’t any deal breakers either. I would certainly recommend this system for frequent travelers.
Conclusion: If you can adapt to the compact nature (and layout) of the keyboard and full-screen your favourite web browser, then the Mini 9 is a solidly built device that I can see lots of people carrying around in the future.
Conclusion: I enjoyed my time with the Dell Mini 9, but in the end this is not a machine for me. The main factor in me not liking it is how small it is. For a device this small the manufacturer should ditch the keyboard and make it into a tablet. A tablet this size can have an onscreen keyboard that you can use with your thumbs, like the iPhone. Using this keyboard long term will probably result in some major hand cramping.
Excerpt: Thanks to the craze started with the Asus Eee PC, netbooks have taken the world by storm and are selling in massive quantities. The market is now flooded with offerings from Acer, HP, MSI, Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell (among many) wanting to get a part of this lucrative pie.
Conclusion: The Dell Mini 9 is fun, but suffers from a few flaws that keep it firmly in an earlier generation of netbooks. It seeks a balance between the bare-bones style of the earliest netbooks and feature-packed modern netbooks like the Eee PC 1000HE . Unfortunately, this may just mean it’s too expensive for the true budget buyers and too weak for people who want a more luxurious PC companion. However, it will appeal to those of us with a taste for the in-between.
Pros: Small and portable, Firmly designed, Synaptics touchpad is responsive, Easily upgradeable, Nearly silent, Under $400 on Amazon, Runs for almost 4 hrs
Cons: Gets very hot, Only 8-16 GB of storage space, Glossy screen causes glare and attracts fingerprints, Strangely placed Function keys, Lack of F11 or F1, No 6-cell battery
Summary: As the netbook market continues to grow and become more competitive, major computer manufacturers are putting more energy and power behind their entries into this increasingly popular field. In order to answer the fast-selling Asus and MSI lines, Dell has entered into the fray with its low-power and inexpensive netbook , the Inspiron Mini 9.
Conclusion: All in all, I would say that this netbook is fair game in the race between all the other 8.9" netbooks currently out there. I would say they keyboard layout is it’s largest drawback, and it’s a pretty large one at that. Like the CTL key on some IBM laptops, and other brands/models I’m sure, changing the keyboard (at least in my opinion) is something that should never be done. I don’t care if you have to make the keys smaller, the laptop wider, etc – it just shouln’t...
Pros: Battery life (little more than 3 hours on standard 4-cell), Silent (most times), Good low-light performing webcam (stays dark, but doesn’t get choppy/low fps), Nice keys (but the keyboard layout…..read below), SSD has same disk performance as a 5400rpm sata, Easy access to upgrade memory/wireless card/etc, Very light (2.5lbs)
Cons: Keyboard does not have a standard layout (qwertyuiop is shifted right, apostrophe/double quote is on bottom row), Running on 512mb keeps getting Low Virtual Memory errors (bumped to 1gb seems to make issue go away), 16gb largest drive (SSD) currently available, Ships with drive compression turned on (hurts performance, but easily undone), Kind of cheesy touch pad buttons (but quiet)
Summary: Dell has crafted a solid mini-laptop that's good for kids and has plenty to offer anyone looking for an on-the-go system. The Dell Inspiron Mini 9isn't perfect, but it does offer a terrific design and a good price. Dell's first venture into the world of mini-notebooks has produced a worthy competitor.